Sunday,7 February, 2016
Toyota Looking Toward Future Of Hybrid Vehicles
There was a time not that long ago when Toyota really and truly believed that the Prius would be the best-selling automobile in North America, and based on how well units were moving around 2009 and 2010, it's easy to see where the higher-ups at the corporation would get that idea. In hoping to see the best-selling hybrid of all time become the best-selling Toyota model of the next decade, the automaker ramped up production and developed new variants of the Prius, including a smaller Prius C, a Prius V station wagon and a plug-in hybrid.
While these models each have been successful in their own right, we haven't seen the Prius overtake wildly popular Toyota models like the Camry, Corolla or RAV4, which is why it shouldn't come as too big a surprise that the automaker is considering doing some different things with both the Prius line and Toyota hybrids in general moving forward.
One Toyota executive, for example, recently suggested that while there are no immediate plans to squash any of the 2016 Toyota Prius variants, there is a chance that the Prius C, Prius V, and Prius Plug-In Hybrid will not be given a second generation when the time comes to make that decision.
On the one hand, that could be viewed as bit of a bummer to consumers who love those variations, but it's worth noting that new hybrid models like the lauded 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid are doing great things in the world of efficiency themselves, perhaps leading to a future in which the current best-selling Toyota models join forces with some of that Prius hybrid technology and ring in huge sales for every Toyota dealer in Canada and the United States.
Which model sells the most doesn't matter so much as seeing all Toyota models thrive, and whatever plan the automaker moves forward with, it's likely that big sales are part of the outcome.